• USB Flash Device Connector Pinout

    by Oct 02, 2018

    It’s not uncommon to see a USB flash device (UFD) with a broken connector. In many cases, the the micro traces get torn, so just replacing the connector won’t be enough to repair the device. If you are sure you just need to replace the connector, here are the common pinouts for wiring the USB […]

  • Seagate ST1000LM035 – ST2000LM007 – ST1000LM048

    by Sep 24, 2018

    Recovery cases for Seagate mobile drives (Rosewood Disk Drive Family) have increased considerably in the past 8 months. When these hard drives first came out we saw a number of them that were unrecoverable because the platter surfaces were destroyed. This year the successful recovery ratio has become more in line with other brands and […]

  • DIY Data Recovery Failure

    by Sep 09, 2018

    DIY data recovery cases have always trickled in to our lab, but recently there has been an upward trend for opened hard disk drives. Most of the time the data owner has opened the device because a YouTuber told them they could get their data back. Unfortunately, there were no details in the video about […]

  • Alcor AU6998SN + Monolith Toshiba

    by Jul 25, 2018

    In this case we have a conventional Alcor AU6998SN based USB flash drive with a Toshiba monolith (THNU3EN00PL07) re-purposed as the NAND. With our PC-3000 Flash tool and the Spiderboard adapter from Ace Laboratories we can read the data directly from the NAND, bypassing the controller. You never know what you will find when you […]

  • Toshiba SSHD MQ02ABD100H

    by Jun 24, 2018

    Toshiba laptop and portable hard drives in general seem to be very reliable. Most Toshiba 2.5″ cases we see are the result of the HDD or laptop being dropped. In this case the problem was quite different. This Toshiba is a hybrid known as a solid state hard drive (SSHD). Basically it is conventional device […]

  • How To Repair a USB Flash Drive

    by Jun 10, 2018

    Can a USB flash drive be repaired or recovered? In most cases, YES! How do we repair a broken USB thumb drive? Take note, the data recovery method can be quite different if the flash media has just stopped working. In some cases, the metal USB connector might come loose or break off. Assuming no […]

  • Toshiba DT01ACA100 Desktop Hard Drive

    by May 26, 2018

    This week I was reminded how nice it is to work with the Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB Desktop SATA hard drives. Most data recovery pros hold Toshiba drives in high regard for reliability, but we do get quite a few desktop models that 1 of the heads has failed. The simple, consistent, design makes working with […]

  • Rosewood ST1000LM035 3 Heads

    by May 13, 2018

    This week we had a Seagate ST1000LM035 with numerous media defects. We suspected that the HDD had been dropped like many mobile drives from this Seagate family. We opened the device in one of our clean bench workstations and immediately noticed something different, three heads! In the past these 1TB drives were typically a single […]

  • Proper Disk Drive Packing and DIY Failure

    by Mar 28, 2018

    Proper Hard Drive Packing This week I would like to talk about proper handling and shipping for hard drives. The unknown often works against people because they really need/want their data recovered but they compound the problem because they just don’t understand how delicate a conventional hard disk drive is. Once you realize the close […]

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